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Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Upon passing the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act in 2013, the state of Illinois established a patient registry program which protects qualifying patients and caregivers against any “arrest, prosecution, or denial of any right or privilege” and also allows for registration of cultivation centers and dispensaries. Though the law does not allow for patients to cultivate their own cannabis, they are allowed to designate a caregiver to grow it for them. The act allows for patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a 14-day period.

Frequently asked questions about medical cannabis in Illinois:

  • How do I get a medical marijuana card in the state of Illinois?

    To obtain a medical marijuana card in Illinois, you must receive a certification signed by your physician stating that in their professional opinion, you will receive therapeutic benefits from the use of medical marijuana. You must also have medical records showing a proof of diagnosis of at least one of the qualifying conditions.

  • How can I find a doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation in Illinois?

    To find doctor within your community, please enter your location in the search field above.

  • What is needed to submit an application for a medical marijuana card?

    • Patient Application Form
    • Caregiver Application Form
    • Physician Certification Form
    • Fingerprint Consent Form
    • Proof of Illinois Residency
    • Patient Registry Fee - $100.00
    • Patient Registry Fee for veterans and eligible patients on Social Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance - $50.00
    • Patient Registry Fee for caregivers - $25.00
  • Where can I purchase medical marijuana in Illinois?

    Patients with a valid Illinois medical marijuana card and proper photo ID can purchase marijuana at local dispensaries of their choosing. Please enter your location in the search field above to find a trusted, legal medical marijuana business in your area.

Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

Recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois might be coming around sooner than you think. Currently, House Bill 2750 is being discussed within the House; this bill "authorizes a cannabis study about the impact of taxing and legalizing marijuana." While the legalization study is being considered, another measure, HB 218, is in the works to decriminalize marijuana possession of up to 30 grams. Instead of jail time, offenders would be ticketed a $100.00 fine.

Frequently asked questions about recreational cannabis in Illinois:

  • How old do I have to be to purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois?

    It is currently illegal to possess recreational marijuana for everyone in the state of Illinois. Patients 18 and older with a valid medical marijuana card can purchase cannabis at local dispensaries.

  • Where can I purchase recreational marijuana in Illinois?

    Currently, there are no recreational marijuana stores in the state of Illinois. Only patients with valid medical marijuana cards are allowed to visit the dispensaries.

  • Where am I legally allowed to consume recreational marijuana?

    It is illegal to smoke recreational marijuana anywhere in the state of Illinois. Currently, only medical marijuana patients are allowed to consume their medicine in private settings. It is illegal for anyone to consume marijuana in public places such as cars, parks, concerts, federal lands, etc.

  • How much recreational marijuana can I have in my possession in the state of Illinois?

    Citizens are currently not allowed to possess any recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois. Medical marijuana patients are allowed to have up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a 14-day period.